LeapFrog

Here are my tips in collaboration with educational toy brand, LeapFrog.

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For thousands of parents across the UK, it’s the final countdown to their child’s first day of school, so LeapFrog and I are helping parents get both themselves and their kids ready for the classroom.

Starting school can be an emotional time for both parents and children. It’s a huge milestone for all of the family as life shifts from a more fluid time at home or nursery to a stricter routine at school: the first stage of your child’s academic life. It’s normal to feel worried about this new chapter in both of your lives but before you know it, you will have both found your feet and the new school flow!

learning with LeapFrog's LeapStart

older sibling helps younger sibling learn with LeapStart

Here are 10 tips to help alleviate your fears and enable you (both) to feel excited about starting school in September:

 

  1. All children start at varying abilities

cute child

Children attend school in order to learn and whilst knowing basics such as letter and number recognition is a great start, they don’t need to know how to read and write from the off. Remember that children start with varying abilities and it’s the teacher’s job to differentiate his/her style to suit and support each and every pupil. I went through my own old school photos (cringe) with my eldest when he was about to start reception, which he found both hilarious and reassuring. The photos also worked as a prompt to help discuss school days and what he might expect himself. Try it!

 

  1. Introduce your child to the classroom setting

LeapStart

Most schools host a transition week whereby reception children are invited in for a settling-in period before school starts. Get involved with this if possible – it will help make the beginning of term go more smoothly. Equally, teachers often visit pre-schools and nurseries, while others make home-visits so that new pupils recognise and feel comfortable around their new teachers. Embrace these opportunities if they arise.

 

  1. Have a practise school run

school clothes on the bed for a practise school run

Have a practise school run

Buy uniform as close to the start of term as you can since kids tend to have growth-spurts in the summer months. Once you have the uniform (new shoes, PE kit and everything is name-labelled) attempt a practise school run and try it several times before school starts if you can. That means setting an alarm, preparing a packed lunch if you’re taking one, and practising your new school routine, arriving at the gates ready (even though it’s still August).

 

  1. Buy a huge wall calendar

Prepare to receive a lot of information when your child starts school. I often wish my kids had their own PA as there’s just so much to remember and take in. Sync Google calendars with the school if you can and write ‘dates to remember’ onto your wall calendar to stop you from forgetting special assemblies, sports days and more. Oliver turned up in his uniform on non-uniform days twice last year, yet we changed him and all was OK! And breathe!

wall calendar

 

  1. Use LeapStart

boy with his LeapStart

brothers use the LeapStart together

child uses LeapFrog's LeapStart

LeapStart

LeapStart

Educational products like LeapStart encourage children to learn through play. Oliver loves helping his little brother Alexander learn through the system so the boys get to bond as well as learning thanks to the tool. With levels that grow with your child, LeapStart complements school-based skills like reading, maths, science and geography alongside social skills such as logic and reasoning.

 

  1. Practise self-care

food face

Help support your child so they can go to the toilet alone, use a knife and fork at lunch, wash their hands, tidy up and feel confident in putting their hand up to ask for help if needed. Use the summer period as a time to perfect these things. Try not to stress though, children develop at their own time and pace, and will follow the lead of other children at school once terms starts.

 

  1. Arrange playdates

playdate

Arrange a play date with a fellow classmate if you can so your child sees familiar faces at the start of term and starts to make bonds as soon as possible.

 

  1. Embrace technology

using a computer

Embrace technology by using educational tools and apps to introduce and support your child’s learning journey. Practise songs, counting games and storytelling, and of course read to your child as much as possible (at bedtime, in restaurants etc.) to encourage them to find pleasure in learning.

 

  1. Encourage pre-school activity with your child

older brother teaching younger brother

brothers

Involve an older sibling or family member in educational pre-school games that span arts and crafts including painting, building and model creation as well as counting and literacy. Alexander likes me to read children’s books to him as he follows along, pretending to read. Find stories on the theme of starting school to help prepare your child for the new start, and encourage questions from the story.

 

  1. Encourage conversation

toddler sleeping

When your child starts school, know they will be tired on their return. They will be doing more than they are at nursery or at home, both mentally and physically, so the days will feel longer for them. They might cry and act up more than usual during this transitional period so listen, understand (making greater allowances) and offer them lots of love and support. I find my children often confide their concerns to me in the car. Maybe it’s easier for them to talk to the back of my head rather than hold eye contact. Encourage chat at those times or before bed which is another time they often let their guard down and reach out for support.  Don’t fear reaching out to the teacher for further insight or to discuss any concerns either.

Know that you and your child will be fine, I promise.

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Now, excitingly I have 3 LeapStarts to giveaway.

·         RRP: 39.99

·         Suitable for 2-7 years

·         Available at LeapFrogStore.co.uk and all other good toy retailers

Enter via Rafflectoper below.

UK only.

Ends 8th Sept 2017.

No cash alternative.

If the winners do not reply within 7 days of the email being sent, new winners will be randomly selected.

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251 Responses

  1. Tristan Chua

    Thanks for sharing with us all these wonderful tips in regards to school advice. My kid just started his school year this september as well in an international school here in my country and I’ll take note of all your tips. Keep up the great work!

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  2. Samantha Mann

    I would love to win because both my boys (4 & 6) would make such good use out of this. Making education fun is key to getting them interested

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  3. Lydia Graham

    I would like to win as my son has 5 children from 6 down to 6 months and it would be perfect to help with their education
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  4. Nicola Doherty

    I would love to win this leapstart by Leapfrog for my 4 yr old, she is trying to write her name and numbers at the moment and it’s very cute! I love the fact that her big brother who is 7 would be able to help her use the Leapstart, she loves copying him at the moment! And it has Princess Poppy from the Trolls movie on the box, that is her favourite character at the moment!! You should hear her sing along to the songs from the movie, hilarious!!! Your blog comment about a big planner is a great idea I think I’m going to invest in that!!

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  5. Carys Thorp

    I would love to win this for my daughter, its her birthday soon and after my husband lost his job recently, money is tight!

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  6. Lorna Holtom

    I’d love to win because my little girl loves learning! I always want to help her learn new things

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  7. Rebecca Smith

    I would love to win for my son Harry it looks fantastically fun whilst helping him learn and easy to take to nannies house

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  8. Beccy Rowley

    I want to win this for my little girl who is three and a half, she would absolutely love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Christine Hobbs

    I would JUMP for joy if I won this prize. Love LeapFrog it helps so much in giving children a head start the confidence to learn and the fun element of education. Would give it to my granddaughter who is going to be home schooled next year.

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  10. MARK HOPKINS

    I would love to win for my daughter so that she can both learn and have fun at the same time.

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  11. Vicky Robinson

    My little girl aged 3 is starting school nursery and My youngest boy is 5 – they would both make good use of this playing with it together to help them learn.

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  12. alice lightning

    i know several little kiddywinkles who would love this as a Christmas present

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  13. Emma Gough

    I’d love to win this for my littlest one! she’s already taken a huge interest in books and ipads and she’s just coming up to 2 years old. I think she’d really benefit from the use a leapad to describe what’s she’s looking at and offer the interactivity that she needs.

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  14. Lia Burns

    I’d love to win as my daughter has just started school and is raring to learn!

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  15. Gill Mitchell

    I would love to win this for my 5 year old. She’s very independent with an enquiring mind and would love this.

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  16. BECCI CLEARY

    For my little girl Lexie – it will be her 2nd birthday next month and I think she would really benefit from this – shes so advanced for her age 🙂

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  17. Lindy Hine

    I’d love to win this for my granddaughter – it looks like great fun while learning

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  18. Victoria Wale

    I think mu daughter would get learn alot using this and have a lot of fun doing so!

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  19. Deborah Mackenzie

    I would love to win this for my great nieces in South Africa. Their family is struggling and I try to send educational toys over to them for their birthdays and Christmas. I love Leapfrog products as they really teach and are such great quality that they can be used over and over.

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  20. Jo Hutchings

    I’d love to win for my little boy; he’s starting to really enjoy his numbers and letters.

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  21. Rebecca Phillips

    I have two children age 3 and almost 5 who this would be perfect for. My eldest loves to learn and is always asking questions. My youngest won’t sit still to read books so this may be helpful with her.

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  22. Tammy Stevenson

    I would love to win this for my son who has just started school. He loves his current leap pad toys but they are aimed at younger children and this one is on my list of items to get to encourage school work, so it wouldbe amazing to win one

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